American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) Update

American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) Update

by Gary Grossman, Ph.D., SFCP’s Executive Councilor


Those of you who subscribe to APsaA’s Listservs are aware of the conflicts taking place within our national association. What follows is a brief summary of recent events and the current status within the association. Please keep in mind that this is my personal understanding of the recent history and current state of affairs, and there may be omissions and misunderstandings on my part.


Mitchell Wilson, MD., Published: "Finding oneself in a sentence: Donald Moss and psychoanalytic sincerity”. DIVISION/Review, July, 2013

Presented: “Bion’s ‘A Theory of Thinking’,” for Panel, Examining Today’s ‘Theory Of Thinking’ in the Light of the Analysis of a Patient Unable to Gain from his Environment. Meetings of the International Psychoanalytic Association, Prague, August 1.

Appointed: Associate Editor, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Child Colloquium and the Child Development Program Joint Event: "Now I Am A Real Kid": A Psychoanalytic Treatment of a Young Autistic Boy

Child Colloquium and the Child Development Program Joint Event:

"Now I Am A Real Kid":
A Psychoanalytic Treatment of a Young Autistic Boy

Film screening and conversation with Dr. David Rosenfeld


Dialogues 2013 - 2014

Dialogues 2013 — 2014

by Henry Markham, M.D., and Julie Ruskin, Ph.D.


DIALOGUES is offering several engaging programs this academic year.

We started off on October 12, 2013, with Julie Friend, LCSW, presenting “Love as an Act of Imagination,” which described psychoanalytic work with a couple. Henry Markman, M.D., was the discussant.

On February 8, 2014, is David Rosenfeld from Buenos Aires presenting “Creation and Transformation of Body Image,” in which he will present several clinical vignettes, involving dreams and psychotic delusions, to work with body image representations. Jack Giuliani, Ph.D., will present a case and Susana Winkel, Ph.D., will be the discussant.

COCAP/IPA, Prague, Meeting, July 31st, 2013

COCAP/IPA, Prague, Meeting , July 31st 2013

by Mali Mann, M.D.


From North America, Kerry Novick and myself participated in the meeting on July 31/2013. The following is my report about the meeting:

The chair of COCAP, Dr. Florence Guignard opened the meeting by giving the audience an overview of what has been happening in C&A psychoanalytic training in various societies in the World.

News from the Admissions Committee

News from the Admissions Committee

by Christina Halsey, Ph.D and Elizabeth Mayer, M.D., Co-Chairs


The Admissions Committee would like all SFCP members, particularly those teaching and supervising prospective applicants, to be aware that we have moved the preferred deadline for applications to January 31 from March 31. This change is in the interest of processing applications in a timely fashion but a less pressured fashion and we hope it will make the experience of applying and of processing applications less hectic. We will continue to process applications submitted later but to be guaranteed consideration for the upcoming fall class applications should be received by January 31.

News from the SF Yearlong Program

News from the SF Yearlong Program

Patricia Marra, M.F.T. and Meryl Botkin, Ph.D.


This year’s San Francisco Yearlong program, “No Exit”: Working with Pathological Organizations, has fifteen engaged participants learning different ways of thinking about patients who take sanctuary from psychic pain in tenacious pathological defensive organizations. The courses take up technique from many perspectives, as well as eating disorders, psychic retreats usual and unusual, static emptiness, and an inability to mourn.

The line-up of this year’s talented instructors is made up of:

East Bay Yearlong Extension Program

East Bay Yearlong Extension Program

by David Socholitzky, Ph.D., Chair


At the beginning of Louis Malle's film, "Vanya on 42nd Street", a group of actors enter a vacant theater carrying cups of coffee. Two of them sit down at a table and begin to chat about the vicissitudes of their daily lives. A few moments later, before we have fully noticed any shift in tone or content, we suddenly realize that the conversation has seamlessly turned into the first scene of the play.

Meetings of our East Bay Yearlong Committee (Diana Fuery, Sunny Kuegle, Mike Levin, Susan Yamaguchi and I) are much like this. We come together over brunch each Fall; catch up with one another; joke; talk about notable films, music, books, papers, presentations. At some point in the conversation we notice that we’ve been tossing out possible program ideas, and by the end of the meal a few potential topics for the following year's program have been generated.

The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Education Division

The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Education Division

San Francisco Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PPTP) and
Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Foundations)

by John Jemerin, M.D., Chair and Beth Steinberg, Ph.D., Outreach Chair


As we begin our third year, we feel that this program is both settling in and taking root at as well as bearing fruit with exciting new developments at SFCP.

CORRECTION: Efrat Arar-Sheba, MSW

CORRECTION: Last months’ newsletter did not print the following biography in its’ entirety. A correction has been made with apologizes for the oversight.


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